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Painting with Impressionism – “After Monet”






We began our lesson by looking at examples of Monet’s paintings in an old Monet art calendar.  I chose his painting of Antibes for us to “copy” and hung it up where everyone could see it.  Then I explained to my 1st graders that art students sometimes copy a famous painting in order to learn […]






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Painting Great Greens!






Green is a color that students often take for granted.  When painting greens, many will default to just using the green in their paint set.  This results in paintings that lack depth and interest.  With some basic color mixing instruction, kids can paint a variety of greens and greatly improve their paintings at the same […]






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Children’s Prayers for the World






 I love this project that Barbara Mendence, a 2nd grade teacher at our school, does with her students each year!  Not only is this a fun art lesson, but it makes for a great geography lesson and culture study as well.  Armed with a list that includes all the countries of the world, her class […]






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Crayon Resist Easter Card






Here’s a quick and easy crayon resist project I did with some of my 1st and 2nd graders.  Students folded 12×18 paper in half and painted on the front, for a charming Easter card.  Inside, they wrote: “He is risen!  He is risen indeed!” Materials: 12×18 heavy-weight white construction paper black crayons watercolors (I like […]






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Snowflake Crayon Resist






This fun lesson was inspired by a project I saw on Art Projects for Kids… “Watercolor Resist Snowflakes”. I changed it up just a little for my Kindergarten classes and they had a blast doing this! First we talked a bit about snowflakes and then I showed them some amazing photographs of real snowflakes (taken […]






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Watercolor Fish






These are your basic crayon resist fish, but with a new twist…. students painted the fish separately from the background, then we glued them on top after everything was dry. The result is a background that looks continuous. Try sprinkling some salt on your background before it dries for an interesting, “watery” effect! I like […]






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Kindergarten Birds






These kindergarten bird paintings are guaranteed to make you smile! I was completely charmed by these when my students did them last week, so I wanted to share a few, along with some tips for getting great results…. I began by sharing a special “artist secret” with my students…. that “artists use shapes to help […]






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